UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Places a Premium On Compassion

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Places a Premium On Compassion

World-Class Assemblige of Doctors and Medical Knowledge Come Together

The 11th Annual Dreamforce conference is upon us. In its 10th year, Dreamforce has already become the largest vendor-led technology conference ever, with more than 90,000 registered attendees, according to Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com. This year will be even more innovative.

The Salesforce.com Foundation has a tradition of philanthropy at Dreamforce, and this year will be the fourth annual concert (on Nov. 19) to raise money for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, featuring Green Day. In 2010, Salesforce. com Inc. founder Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne gave $100 million to the new children’s hospital at UC San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus, the first gift in a philanthropic push by the billionaire to make his hometown a global center for children’s medicine.

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital is recognized throughout the world as a leader in health care, known for innovation, technology and compassionate care. The hospital admits about 5,000 children each year, including 2,000 babies born in the hospital.

The current 180-bed UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, located at UCSF’s Parnassus campus is a “hospital within a hospital” with more than 150 specialists in almost 50 specialties. Its expertise covers virtually all pediatric conditions, including cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders, organ transplants and orthopedics, as well as the care of critically ill newborns. The hospital has programs designed specifically for young patients, such as a 50-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery, recreational therapy for recovering kids, and 60 outreach clinics throughout Northern California. Its doctors were the first in the world to successfully perform surgery on a baby still in the womb. They also developed life-saving treatments for premature infants whose lungs aren’t fully developed.

Hospital services customized for young patients include:

>> Child Life specialists recognize the integral role hospital child life programs play in the healing process. They work with children, teens and their families to ensure that each child’s developmental and emotional needs are met.

>> Compass Care is comprehensive palliative care for children with chronic life-threatening conditions as well as those who need end-of- life care.

>> Social workers are trained in the needs of children and their families.

In the area of neurology and neurosurgery, the Pediatric Brain Center brings together doctors from all disciplines related to brain health in children. As one of the leading hospitals in the nation, it has the largest brain tumor treatment programs and the only comprehensive epilepsy center in Northern California.

The hospital also has one of one of the nation’s largest centers for kidney and liver transplants. Its AIDS program is the most comprehensive in the nation, and the surgical eye care program is the largest in Northern California. In the area of orthopedics, it is internationally recognized for treating the spine — including deformities, degenerative disc disease, tumors and fractures.

In addition to that world-class medical knowledge, the compassion of doctors, nurses and other staff at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital are key to its success. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital receives countless letters of gratitude from patients and their families, a true measure of the valuable and caring service provided.

If you’d like to help provide hope and healing to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital’s young patients and their families, visit: www.ilove benioffkids.org.

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